We have been asking for it… and Doc Rivers may be seeing it as well. If all Sam Cassell is doing off the bench is shooting rather than running our offense… then we might as well have Eddie House in there.
“As a coach you always have the Sam-and-Eddie question. If Sam is playing well, there is no Eddie question. If Sam is playing poorly, there is an Eddie question. I am smart enough to get that.”
The answer to the Sam and Eddie question?
“You’ll see when the game starts.”
That's from Scott Souza at today's practice. And because he's a professional writer, he sums things up better than I ever have.
The trouble with Cassell as a backup point guard the way he is playing now is that, for all his experience, he really isn’t performing as a point guard in the playoffs. He is a shooting threat who has tried to keep the defense honest – and admittedly has hit some big, big shots – but any advantage he had over House as a true point guard running the show has disappeared.
This is especially the case when it comes to ball movement – which happens to be a House speciality (pardon the ongoing array of puns). House is not a great ball-handler, but he does move the ball on offense, whereas Cassell has looked for his shot in many cases first while the other four players have stood around like spectators.
Defensively, Cassell’s struggles against Daniel Gibson and Delonte West mean House wouldn’t be a downgrade there either.
Its amazing how much sense you can make when you don't spend so much time calling people douchebags. Not that I'm going to stop.